Friday, May 27, 2022

listen and watch

Do you bow your head when you pray or do you look 
    up into that blue space?
Take your choice, prayers fly from all directions.
And don't worry about what language you use, 
God no doubt understands them all.
Even when the swans are flying north and making 
such a ruckus of noise, God is surely listening
    and understanding.
Rumi said, There is no proof of the soul.
But isn't the return of spring and how it
springs up in our hearts a pretty good hint?
Yes, I know, God's silence never breaks, but is
    that really a problem?
There are thousands of voices, after all.
And furthermore, don't you imagine (I just suggest it)
that the swans know about as much as we do about 
    the whole business?
So listen to them and watch them, singing as they fly.
Take from it what you can.

Mary Oliver
"Whistling Swans"
Photo: Peter Bowers